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Knights adopt 10 families for Christmas
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RIPON – The Knights of Columbus of St. Patrick’s Church in Ripon has “adopted” 10 families for Christmas.

Three of the families have nine or 10 children. By adopting the families, the Knights will be the Santa who will deliver the gifts for the children at Christmas with some of the presents going to the parents as well.
This project is the reason the Knights is sponsoring a crab feed and tri-tip dinner on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. in St. Patrick’s Parish Hall. All proceeds will go to this annual “Adopt a Family” church project. The money will be used to purchase gifts for the 10 families selected this year.

“We ask for families within the church that cannot afford to buy their children Christmas gifts, so they (the Knights) go out and buy the gifts for the children,” explained Vicky Luna whose husband, Daniel, is the Grand Knight of St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus.

Daniel Luna is also a fourth-degree Knight of the St. Anthony of Padua Knights of Columbus in Manteca.

Tickets for the dinner are $40 each. The cost will include crab which will be served family-style, tri-tip, pasta served with marinara sauce, salad, bread and coffee. Wine will be available by donation, Vicky Luna said.

Along with the crab and tri-tip dinner will be a silent auction of “mostly sports memorabilia – autographed 49ers, Raiders and Giants stuff,” she said.

Several donated big-ticket items also will be raffled off that evening. These include gift certificates from restaurants in Manteca such as Isadore’s and Strings, and others like a set of glasses, Luna said.

The Adopt of Family program at Christmas time is just one of the many church projects being supported by the Knights of Columbus. On All Saints’ Night, for example, the Knights purchased 200 hot dogs and provided five piñatas with candy for the children of the parish during an alternative activity on Halloween. Luna said Father Peter Carota, pastor of the parish, wanted to have this program for the children and asked the Knights to help. The men’s group spent about $700 for the event.

Daniel Luna got involved with St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus three years ago when he was asked by someone in church to set up one at the Ripon parish. He was asked to help because he already belonged to the group at St. Anthony’s.

The Ripon Knights of Columbus only have first- through third-degree levels for its members. When they reach the fourth degree, the members can either go to St. Anthony of Padua in Manteca or to St. Joseph’s in Modesto.

Anyone is welcome to sign up as long as they are at least 18 years old and are practicing Catholics.

For tickets to the crab feed and tri-tip dinner fund-raiser, or for more information about Adopt a Family, or to make a donation, call the church office at (209) 838-2133.

The church is located at 19399 East Highway 120, corner of Carrollton Road, between Manteca and Escalon.